Directed by Alejandro Amenabar
Oh the injustice of society! Think you got it bad? You should talk to Hypatia (Rachel Weisz), a monumental pagan philosopher-woman who kicked around circa 400 AD.
Not only was her beloved library of Alexandria pummeled by the rabble-rousing Christians, but the society in which she was once free to study and teach as she chose rapidly turned on her as the Christians gained power and proclaimed her a witch fit to be stoned to death.
The flick Agora details just that, with a few more romantic embellishments and spurting wounds along the way. The heart-wrenching tale is also pretty applicable today when you think about the plight of women in religiously and ideologically radicalized societies. The character development could use some work but at the end of the day the message blares loud and clear; losing the freedom that so many of us women folk enjoy in the west is such a terrifying thought that it is indeed enough to give you Agoraphobia.